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Thérèse (2004)

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Thérèse Martin was born in 1873 to a working-class family in France. When Thérèse was only four years old, her mother died, sending the child into a cycle of depression. When she was 14, Thérèse experienced a spiritual epiphany and decided to devote her life to God; she wanted to become a Carmelite nun, and when she was told she was too young, she traveled to the Vatican and personally appealed to the Pope to allow her to join the order. Entering the monastery at a time when winds of intellectual and spiritual change were sweeping the world, Thérèse came to see the simple but sublime life of the nuns as an inspired path to spiritual contentment, and she wrote a powerful book about her religious awakening, The Story of a Soul. Published a year after her tragic death in 1897, Thérèse de Lisieux's autobiography gained widespread acclaim, and the girl known as "the Little Flower" was canonized as a saint in 1925. Thérèse is a feature film that tells the story of Thérèse de Lisieux's life and work, with Lindsay Younce in the title role; it is the first feature film for Leonardo Defilippis, an experienced actor and theatrical director.

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Cast

Maggie Rose Fleck
as Marie Martin
Jen Nikolaisen
as Celine Martin
Judith Kaplan
as Mother Marie de Gonzague
Leonardo Defilippis
as Louis Martin
Mandy Rimer
as Leonie Martin
Lindsay Younce
as Thérèse Martin
Linda Hayden
as Pauline Martin
Samantha Kramer
as Sister Augustine
Brian Shields
as Henri Pranzini
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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (7)

The film's plodding, unvarnished style suggests late-period Robert Bresson -- that is, if he were shooting a commercial for the decorative glories of scrubbed wood.

October 13, 2004 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Entertainment Weekly
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It deals with profound questions of death and separation but with the slow, satisfied air of those who have all the answers.

October 1, 2004 | Full Review…
Seattle Times
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Skip the movie, stay home, read the book and say three Hail Marys.

October 1, 2004 | Full Review…
L.A. Weekly
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A florid biopic about St. Theresa of Lisieux.

September 30, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
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Although decently acted and well-crafted, Thérèse is essentially an illustrated Sunday school lecture for true believers.

September 30, 2004 | Rating: 2/5
Los Angeles Times
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The do-it-yourself indie, financed through individual contributions, is too earnest and lacking in dramatic tension to cross over and preach to those not in the choir.

September 30, 2004
Hollywood Reporter
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